The Brown Recluse Spider

A close friend of mine sent me this via the email. It had been circulating on line, but I had not seen it. I think it important enough to post for those of us in the USA and Canada.

If you don’t look at but one picture, be sure you take a look so that you will know what the spider looks like! (Yes, I posted it twice!)

“It’s springtime and play and cleanup is going on. Be careful where you put your hands. They like dark spaces & woodpiles. Watch the children!
Children play in all kinds of places that could harbor one of these little monsters.”

The following pictures are GROSS….but this is important to know what can happen with a bite from this little tiny spider.

“This guy was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider. The following illustrates the progression of a brown recluse spider bite. The affected skin actually dies on his body! Some of the pictures towards the end are pretty nasty.”

But I believe they drive the point home and sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Be safe!

Day 3

Day 5

Day 9

The Brown Recluse Spider is the most dangerous spider that we have in the USA & CANADA

A person can die from it’s bite. We all should know what the spider looks like.

People will be digging around, doing yard work, spring cleaning, and sometimes in their attics.

Please be careful. Spider bites are dangerous and can have permanent and highly negative consequences.

They like the darkness and tend to live in storage sheds or other areas that might not be frequented by people or light.

If you have a need to be in your attic, go up there and turn on a light and leave it on for about 30 minutes before you go in to do your work!

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19 Responses to “The Brown Recluse Spider”

  1. lookingforbeauty Says:

    Good grief! That’s gross!
    I wouldn’t want to be bitten by that thing.
    If it progresses like that, does it ever stop? It just seems to get worse. Does a person recover from this?
    K

  2. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    I know that there has been recovery-but it very well can be fatal. This poor guy will never have it heal the way it was before. I am not sure he didn’t have to have it amputated. It is awful, isn’t it! A good reason to know about it. We always thought the black widow spider more dangerous – not!

  3. J.P. Douglas Says:

    Hey Marsha very good post. Very informative. I’m down in Florida and have already found a Black Widow in the garage. We are on the lookout for the Brown Recluse. My friends wife got bit last year and thought it was a regular spider bite so didn’t seek treatment. It messed her up real bad but she’s doing ok now. Thanks for the compliment on my blog and your post about being by the lake with your friend was well written. I could feel my heart rate rising. Scary stuff. Glad your ok.

  4. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    Thanks! I am sure glad your wife is better – does she have any residual damage? I surely hope not! I am not afraid of much, but spiders – yes – and yet I find myself without gloves pulling weeds and such!

    It was scary that day on the lake. I went out yesterday (with a stun gun) and the only
    company we had was a duck and her very tiny peeps-so fuzzy and they make such a sweet sound. She swam and they followed tightly in a close line. What a gift to see that!

    I do like your blog a lot! Have a great day!

  5. angel709 Says:

    Okay poor response to your greatarticle: but now I’ve been given even a better reason not to clean up! I quit!. Off the planet, please!

  6. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    Horrible isn’t it. Poor man. I never even think of spiders when I’m pulling weeds or planting flowers….

  7. timmy Says:

    Ive been bitten by a brown recluse before on my leg, I got lucky, it didnt do any damage besides the massive swelling, the feeling as if i had a broken leg while walking.

    For those of you that DONT live in the midwest, you dont really have much to worry about, I have read about a study that was done out of california where the did test on about 325 spiders that people had brought in and thought to be BROWN RECLUSES, and out of those 325 only 1 was a brown recluse. The one that was a brown recluse was brought in by a couple that had recently moved to california from the midwest region. elsewhere yes there are black widows and I have never seen one of those in person.

  8. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    Thanks for your input. So glad it didn’t do any damage permanently.
    I live in N. Ca., and I have probably 50 or 60 black widows during the heat of the summer….they suck too! Some of them are HUGE.

    But I have the perfect thing to kill them. I just call my husband and
    say, “Would you get rid of this for me?”

    Of course he does. Have a great day, and be safe.

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